Defending TNM Super League champions Silver Strikers have dislodged Blantyre United from the summit of the league’s log table after collecting four points from their northern region tour of duty at the weekend.
The bankers drew one-all against Kaning’ina based soldiers Moyale Barracks on Saturday, January 19, 2013 before crashing relegated Kabwafu FC 4-0 on Sunday, January 20, 2013 to go level on 48 points with Blantyre United, who have an inferior goal difference (GD) of 15
against Silver’s impressive GD of 28.
Apart from their superior GD, the bankers also have a two-game cushion over their title rivals, having played 23 games compared to 25 for United.
With Blantyre United’s title ambitions slightly undermined by last week’s 3-1 loss at the hands of Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe, Big Bullets, the ‘people’s team’ has now emerged as the bankers’ major threat.
The Bullets walloped relegation threatened Escom United 5-1 at Kamuzu Stadium on Sunday, January 20, 2013 to pile more pressure on the defending champions, who saw their maximum tally reduced from 65 to 63 points after the draw against Moyale. Bullets’ have a maximum tally of 58, which is slightly better than Bt United’s maximum tally of 57.
With the battle for the championship becoming a three-team contest, there is also a tight race at the bottom of the table, where there is only one confirmed candidate for relegation.
Escom, Bvumbwe, Mafco, Kamuzu Barracks and Epac are the other relegation threatened sides though the odds appear to be heavily stuck against the two southern region based sides.
As the electricians got pulverized 5-1, Mafco squandered a chance of moving up after losing 2-1 to Blue Eagles at Nankhaka.
Paul Phiri took the visiting soldiers from Salima into the lead just eight minutes into the game before the cops replied with two second half goals from Gilbert Chirwa and Innocent Bokosi to earn their first full points in five games.